Wolves booked their place in the Europa League Quarter Final thanks to a penalty from Raul Jimenez and a series of wonderful saves by the man of the match Rui Patricio. It was another poor performance from Wolves but a win is a win and the club are now three wins away from Champions League football and a major honour.
Rui made a key save early in the first half for an effort that was heading goalwards to keep Olympiacos at bay. He made another wonderful save again the second half from point-blank range. Rui has really kicked on this season and has arguably been one of Wolves’ stand out players and kept Wolves in the tie.
Got caught napping down the right-hand side midway through the first half that allowed Olympiacos to get a shot away at goal which Rui managed to get a big hand on. Wasn’t the Boly we’ve been accustom to seeing the past few years.
His partnership between both Saiss and Boly seemed disjointed throughout – similarly to Wolves’ last game at Stamford Bridge. Played an outrageous ball through the lines to Doherty that even Steven Gerrard would’ve been proud of in the second half but he got turned far too easily by El Arabi in the box.
Similarly to Boly and Coady, Saiss looked off the boil as the whole backline seemed very disjointed and uncoordinated. Saiss has had a tendency to step up at the wrong times when defending and was caught out of position a couple of times, leaving Vinagre and Coady exposed.
Played all of 16 minutes before being substituted due to injury. It looked fairly inconspicuous but let’s just hope it doesn’t keep him out for too long.
Received an almighty knock to the head in the latter stages of the first half after a reckless challenge by Ousseynou Ba. Moutinho looked startled but decided to stay on which just epitomises his character. Moutinho failed to put his stamp on the game in the first half but grew into the game alongside Neves.
Neves was probably the pick of the midfield two for Wolves but struggled to really control the game alongside Moutinho. He did, however, get himself into some great shooting positions but unfortunately failed to convert.
Similarly to Boly, he was caught a little flat-footed in the same Olympiacos attack midway through the first half. He got away with one for the Olympiacos goal that was disallowed as he didn’t quite step up in time but it was probably no coincidence that the effort came down the left-hand side that wasn’t being marshalled by Jonny. Made a superb run halfway through the second half to create the angle for a sublime Coady pass which really was vintage Doc.
The little man did fantastic for the penalty and showed great awareness and determination to draw the foul. Many players would have given up the lost cause but his fleet-footedness got him there just ahead of the keeper. He was probably Wolves’ brightest player in the first half and always looked to push on at every opportunity possible.
Led the line well for Wolves tonight and was starved of service in large parts. Scored his 27th goal of the season which is a tremendous return for a player who’s integral to Wolves’ plans should they wish to kick on. Wasn’t his best performance on the season but his ruthlessness from the spot sees Wolves into the next round.
Looked like the Adama Traore of last season in the first half as he failed to assert his dominance down that right-hand side and was sloppy in possession. Looked a bit void of confidence which is unlike him, especially after the season he’s had for Wolves.
Couldn’t get forward as much as he’d have liked to but didn’t do a bad job defensively. It’ll be interesting to see what Wolves plans are for Vinagre next season as he desperately needs game time if he is to push on.
Jota may have been criticised recently for offensive contributions recently but one thing you can’t criticise is his defensive contributions. His introduction gave that left-hand side the protection it needed. He had a golden chance late in the second half but he failed to convert again as he looks drained of confidence.
Put himself about a bit after his introduction but failed to make an impact on the game.